Latest food industry analysis
Comprehensive coverage of the food industry's latest, breaking news brought to you by just-food's leading network of international journalists.
The UK could vote on its membership of the EU in little more than four months but little attention has been paid to what impact an exit coul...
When ISM, the world's largest confectionery and snack trade fair, closed its doors for 2016 last week around 38,500 visitors had been throug...
January saw signs McDonald's moves to revitalise its domestic business are gaining traction, Pizza Hut look to boost its own US sales in par...
Unilever launched a dairy-free variant to Flora in the UK, in its latest attempt to lift its sales in a struggling category. But is winning...
Mondelez International's shares took a tumble yesterday on the back of its 2015 numbers and its forecasts for 2016 - and were down again today. Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld called the last 12 months "a year of very strong results" and, although conceding volumes would again be under pressure, forecast further improvement in profitability. What should we take away from the figures and from its outlook for the months ahead? Dean Best investigates.
January brought further evidence of the seismic shifts taking place in the global retail sector. Established retailers have largely responded to these challenges through an emphasis on cost cutting and price slashing. Others, however, continued to benefit with the likes of Lidl, Casino and Intermarche all expanding in the month. Here is just-food's digest of the top retailer stories from the past 31 days.
There was a spike in olive oil prices in stores in a number of western European markets last year on the back of a fall in supply, caused by factors that are still having an impact on production. Jacques Dupré, insight director for IRI in France and Anne Lefranc, the market research group's European marketing director, analyse the data.
French dairy group Lactalis is expanding in Romania through the acquisition of local dairy Albalact. At first glance, Romania might not seem like the most promising growth market. However, there are signs of modernisation of the dairy sector and dairy consumption is expected to pick up. Katy Askew reports.
In recent months, a series of major companies in the US have announced they will switch to cage-free eggs - but how interested are consumers? Ben Cooper reports.
Yildiz Holding is restructuring its confectionery and biscuit businesses, uniting the likes of United Biscuits, Ülker and Godiva under a single umbrella subsidiary. The Turkish conglomerate has some ambitious growth targets for the new unit. Katy Askew takes a look at whether it can deliver.
Soy milk was the first alternative to milk and has grown to become a significant category in its own right in markets in North America and western Europe. However, alternatives to the alternative are gaining ground. Tom Vierhile, innovation insights director at Canadean, analyses the competition.
just-food M&A columnist Stefan Kirk runs the rule over the potential deals that could be struck in the food industry in 2016 - and puts forward three companies that could be targets.
Conditions for global packaged food manufacturers in 2015 were challenging. According to the assessment of Unilever, 2016 looks set to get worse. So how is the ice cream-to-condiments manufacturer preparing?
The management at Inventure Foods took the opportunity to present a roadmap for returning the US group to profitability at the ICR conference in Florida this week. However, with shares remaining at a 52-week low, it would appear the market remains as yet unconvinced by the company's prospects. Katy Askew reports.
General Mills secured its entry into the fledgling but growing Brazilian yoghurt market with the acquisition of local player Carolina just before Christmas. But, with Carolina's tiny market share, will the move pay off in meeting General Mills' wider ambitions for growth in emerging markets?
Hain Celestial has been a chief beneficiary of the growth in the US natural and organic food categories. However, with sales under pressure, can the company compete against the larger food manufacturers eyeing growth in the sectors? Katy Askew investigates.
Either side of Christmas, General Mills turned to M&A to try to inject some growth into its business. On 23 December, the company announced a move to buy Brazilian yoghurt maker Carolina to bolster its operations outside the US. Last week, General Mills swooped again, this time domestically, snapping up fledgling US meat snacks firm Epic Provisions, another sign of the attractiveness of protein, snacks and sustainability for food majors. However, the Cheerios maker will have to be judicious in the way it manages the new asset. Dean Best reports.
December saw the scrutiny on Chipotle Mexican Grill intensify as the under-pressure US fast-casual chain battled to restore its reputation after a series of food safety scares. Chipotle's success has been built on its ingredient claims and the initiatives on sourcing continued throughout the industry with a series of announcements. Meanwhile, two US fast-food giants, Yum! Brands and Burger King, outlined its ambitions in emerging markets.
December saw some significant developments in the convenience channel in a number of markets, with Japan's Lawson Inc plotting a strategic alliance with Three F, Couche-Tard acquiring an Irish operator, its Canadian rival Sobeys launching a convenience concept and Morrisons returning to the sector in the UK. In other news, it emerged Kroger plans to trial a store format in the US while Lidl is continuing the march of the discounters across Europe. Here is just-food's round up of the big news stories from the world of grocery retail last month.
Nordic food group Orkla is expanding its presence in central Europe through the acquisition of Czech Republic-based Hamé. The deal offers cost and revenue synergies and expands Orkla's presence in categories that are complementary to its portfolio. It also feeds into Orkla's strategy of focusing on regional categories and markets where it can build scale but which have, on the whole, gone under the radar of multinational competitors. Katy Askew reports.
The EU's new novel food regulations will provide greater clarity and reduce the administrative burden for food manufacturers, as well as boost the sector’s competitiveness, according to industry experts.
It was a month in which Marriott and Starwood announced a deal to create the world's largest hotels group, France's Groupe Le Duff outlined plans to expand in Africa and Chipotle was rocked by an e. coli outbreak.
In the second part of just-food's examination of PepsiCo's approach to sustainability, Ben Cooper looks at how the company communicates its sustainable business values to consumers, in particular through the launch of its new howwillwe.com microsite.
Online giants Amazon and Alibaba eyed expansion into new markets, sourcing was put in the spotlight as Wal-Mart owned Asda launched a range rationalisation in the UK, while Casino and Dia formed a strategic purchasing alliance.
- just-food's pick: Innovation on show at ISM 2016
- Mondelez results and outlook - 7 things to learn
- Richelieu Foods CEO eyes growth - interview
- Foodservice focus: McDonald's/Five Guys/Starbucks
- Can dairy-free Flora lift Unilever spreads sales?
- Chobani targets growth after rejecting offers
- Mars to cut artificial colours from global foods
- Private-equity firm HKW acquires Panos Brands
- WWF launches food security platform
- Arla eyes job cuts as part of 2020 growth push